Making Organic Salves

Making organic salves may seem a bit overwhelming but it is actually a very simple process.

Organic salves are much like homemade neosporin with antibacterial qualities. Unlike creams or lotions salves contain no water and as a result they form a seperate layer over the skin protecting it while carrying the active ingredients to the affected area.

Salves work well on chapped lips or hands, cracking heels, diaper rash, cuts, scrapes, sunburn, bites, stings, conditions such as hemmorhoids, and for rubbing into sore muscles and aching backs, as well as anything else you want to use it for.

Before we begin making slaves there are a few things to go over.

Identification. If you are using herbs that you have gathered be perfectly certain that they are the correct herb.

Cleanliness. Make sure that all utensils and jars used with your herbal preparations are clean and sterilized. Wash them thoroughly and dry them in a hot oven or wash them in a dish washer. Make sure they are completely dry before putting anything in them. This helps prevent mold from forming.

Now, from your kitchen you will need

  • olive oil or herbal infused oil - olive oil is the most stable oil and doesn't go rancid as quickly, but you can use sunflower oil if you prefer
  • a double boiler is preferred to prevent burning (I got mine on ebay) but a pan will do if you are careful
  • a glass measuring cup with a spout
  • a wooden spoon for stirring
  • a strainer
  • a bowl or pot to sit your strainer on
  • cheese cloth (you can get this at Wal Mart in the craft section)
  • you will also need to have containers to put you organic salves into,tins or small jars work best

supplies for making organic salves
  • you will also need 1 oz. beeswax.
  • and essential oil such as lavender or tea tree oil
  • Now, let's make some herbal salve, then I will give you some salve recipes. If you have herbal infused oil already you can skip the first step. But if not
  • 1. Pour 1 1/2 cups (12 fluid oz) of olive oil into the top of your double boiler if you have one - if not just in a sauce pan - you will have to keep your heat on low and watch it closely to be sure it doesn't get too hot or burn.

    You don't want the oil to get too hot as it will break it down and the oil will become rancid more quickly. If using a double boiler turn the heat on medium but be sure you don't have so much water that it will boil out and possibly get into the oil.

    pouring oil for makng salves

    2. Add 1 oz. of dried herbs. Stir them into the oil. Heat the herbs gently for one hour, stirring often (more often if you are just using a pan).

    Herbs into Organic Salve mix

    3. Take the herbs off of the heat and pour them through a strainer that is lined with cheese cloth. Allow the herbs to sit and cool until you can handle them without burning yourself - then gather up the cheese cloth and squeeze out any remaining oil.

    4. Measure exactly one cup of oil.

    5. You need a clean pan for the this step. Be sure to dry it well if you use the same pan. Use the same heat setting you used before and dump 1 oz. of beeswax into the pan. Beeswax is used because it is the closest thing to human skin - being made naturally by bees. It has antibacterial properties and forms a protective barrier on the skin. It works wonderfully in organic salves.

    6. Set out all of your containers that you will be pouring your organic salves into so they will be ready when you need them. Make sure they are completely dry - moisture can cause mold.

    7. Watch the beeswax carefully as you allow it to gently melt completely. Then add your one cup of oil to the melted wax. It will harden up again so just stir with a wooden spoon until everything is melted.

    8. Now pour the oil/wax mixture into a clean measuring cup with a pour spout.

    9. Add about 1 tsp. essential oil to the wax mixture, stirring quickly.

    10. Now pour the oil/wax mixture into the tins or jars. Don't overfill. Allow them to sit until hardened and cool. Be sure to label and date your salve. Congratulations! You made the first of your own organic salves!

    It is actually best to make cold infused oil first and then add the beeswax to that. If you choose this method begin with step #4 and measure exactly 1 cup of oil. If you desire a harder salve simply add more beeswax. If you want it softer, of course add less beeswax. 

    The Very Best All Purpose Healing Salve

    Use equal parts of these four healing herbs:

    1. Plantain
    2. St. Johns Wort
    3. Calendula
    4. Comfrey

    It is very best to make cold infused oil from each of these plants.

    If you do this begin with step 4. Measure 1 cup total (a combination of 1/4 cup each of the above oils)

    If you don't have the cold infused oil start with step 1, and in step 2 combine equal parts of the above four herbs so that they equal 1 oz. Proceed from there.

    My family and I use this salve for everything you can think of - and it works!

    Goldenrod Salve for Stings

    Use the same recipe but substitute 1 oz. dried goldenrod instead.

    Tea Tree Oil Salve

    Use 4 oz. of olive oil
    1 oz. beeswax
    80 drops Tea Tree Oil

    Start with step 5. Melt the beeswax.
    Add 4 oz. oil.
    Then add 80 drops of Tea Tree Oil.
    Pour into containers.

    This salve is great for cuts and scrapes. It works well on diaper rash. If you have a wart rub this salve on it at least three times a day. It holds the Tea Tree Oil on the wart longer and works better than using Tea Tree Oil alone.

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